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Our Kidney Transplant Team

Thank you for your interest in the kidney transplant program at The University of Toledo Medical Center. Please feel free to e-mail or contact us with any questions you or your family might have regarding kidney transplants.

Information for physicians: Timely communication with referring physicians is a priority in the care of patients at UTMC. For physicians wishing to refer a patient, a member of the kidney transplant program is always available to take your call. You can also begin the referral process by faxing us the kidney transplant evaluation work sheet (PDF). For all urgent transplant referral issues, please contact us at:

The University of Toledo Medical Center Kidney Transplant Program
3000 Arlington Avenue Toledo, OH 43614
Main Number: 419.383.3429
Emergencies: 419.383.4444 or 800.556.5444

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The University of Toledo Medical Center Transplant Team has more than 80 years of service and is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care. With the organizational efforts of our transplant coordinators, our team of nephrologists, surgeons, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, social workers and financial counselors, we work with patients and their families to provide educational and supportive services. We also work closely with the patient's referring physician to assure a smooth transition in your care.

Transplant Surgeons:

Michael Rees, M.D., Ph.D.

Jorge Ortiz, M.D.

Puneet Sindhwani, M.D.

Obi Ekwenna, M.D.


 Associated Team Members:

Kelly Gill - Transplant Financial Coordinator

Lisa Keaton - MSW, LSW 

Cheryl Reese - MSW, LISW

Jennifer Mikulak - Transplant Data Coordinator

Lisa Twining - Research Coordinator

Carla Foster - Transplant  Secretary

Jacklyn Belville - Transplant Dietician

Carolyn Ruge - Outreach Coordinator

Jeff Mikolay, PharmD - Transplant Pharmascist

Arlene Hampton - MA-Transplant Assistant

Transplant Nephrologists:

Deepak Malhotra, M.D., Ph.D.

Dinkar Kaw, M.D.

Shobha Ratnam, M.D., Ph.D.

Maria Alfonso-Jaume, MD

Zubiz Alam, MD


Transplant Coordinators:

Jennifer Holloway, RN, BSN - Transplant Administrator

Constance Cashen - RN, BSN, Living Donor Coordinator

Sandy Flick, RN - Post-Transplant Coordinator

Tina Scott, RN - Post-Transplant Coordinator

Michelle Chonko, RN - Waitlist Coordinator

Caitlin Pelland, RN, BSN - Pre-Transplant Coordinator

Douglas Barchick - RN, Pre-Transplant Coordinator


Clinical Staff:

Mary Ann Knapich, MA

Debbie Pfleghaar, MA

Cynthia Lavender, RN, BSN - Transplant Clinic Manager

Last Updated: 3/27/19